Auto Expo 2018: Maruti Suzuki Swift launch next month, what’s new in the 2018 Swift

Maruti Suzuki Swift has written itself a success story in India, and now the new Swift is just about to launch. It is most definitely one of the most awaited cars of the year and perhaps will be the most sought after at the Auto Expo 2018 as well.

By:Updated: January 15, 2018 3:04:08 PM

Maruti Suzuki Swift climbed to immense popularity in India as a successful hatchback which was also one of the most powerful. Now, the new Swift is just around the corner for a launch during the upcoming Auto Expo 2018. Maruti Suzuki Swift definitely is one of the most awaited cars of the year and perhaps will be the most sought after at the Auto Expo as well. (The Auto Expo will be held in from February 9-14.) In fact, Maruti happens to have a way with Indian car buyers, with some being so loyal to the brand that they’ve only ever bought a Maruti all their lives. With odds like these and the fact that the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire went on to gain some serious traction in our market, it is likely the new Maruti Suzuki Swift too will rise to stellar sales figures. Another aspect that will help Maruti is that the brand has lately been investing into recreating its image as a premium car maker, which it has succeeded at. Take the Nexa dealerships for example, and of course, the premium cars such as the Ciaz that are sold through it. So, here’s what will be new in the upcoming Swift that will set it apart:

Design

The new Maruti Suzuki Swift was first unveiled in July last year and is now ready for a launch this February at the Auto Expo 2018. It will look different and a lot more modern, but the Swift will retain its basic design philosophy, preserving the ‘Swift’ appeal. More premium than the current model, new Maruti Suzuki Swift looks sharper and sportier, and despite minimal changes in dimensions, the new model looks significantly wider than the present one.

New Maruti Suzuki Swift will come with a hexagonal grille with chrome inserts, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, ORVMs indicator and fog lamps.

Interior

On the inside, new Maruti Suzuki Swift will be more up class and premium. Unlike the current model of the Swift, the new car will be equipped with a flat-bottom steering wheel. Other changes include automatic climate control as well as a new layout of the dashboard. The most prominent change on the inside of the new Maruti Suzuki Swift will be a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Japanese model gets Mirrorlink as well which may also be carried forward in the Indian-spec model.

Lighter than current model

Maruti Suzuki Swift has been appreciated for its performance, and the new model launching at the Auto Expo 2018 will not be any different. The Swift has been one of the quicker hatchbacks in India, and now the new Swift will offer even better agility. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will be based on the company’s Hearttect platform which would make the premium hatchback considerably lighter compared to the existing model.

Engine

Powering the new Maruti Suzuki Swift will be the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine that puts out 83 hp and 115 Nm, and a 1.3-litre DDiS unit that produces 74 hp of power and 190 Nm. Both engines will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the carmaker might also offer the new Swift with an automatic (AMT – Automatic Manual Transmission) transmission. Similar to the Ciaz and Ertiga SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) variants, the car manufacturer could also introduce the hatchback with SHVS variant. The SHVS variants deliver improved fuel efficiency and produce less CO2 emission.

Space

While the current Swift had a sizeable boot of 316 litres, the space in the new Maruti Suzuki Swift has been increased by 54 litres. The new Swift is 10mm shorter in length, 40mm wider, 35mm lower and has a 20mm longer wheelbase compared to the current model.

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